The Philadelphia Eagles have experience in their special teams unit, but they are looking to improve upon last season’s mediocre performance.
The Philadelphia Eagles will return with their special teams intact as kicker Alex Henery and punter Donnie Jones resume their starting jobs.
Henery is somewhat shaky on his accuracy as he missed five field goals out of 28 attempts, and only one of his field goals made was 50 yards or more. The former Nebraska kicker also missed a 48-yard field goal in the playoffs that ultimately cost the Eagles a win.
Jones finished as one of the best punters in the NFL and was rewarded with a three-year, $6 million contract. Jones can consistently pin the ball deep, and he had a long of 70 yards last season.
In the return game, DeSean Jackson will no longer be around. However, running back Darren Sproles will provide plenty of explosive speed that can be useful in the return game.
Brandon Boykin may resume kickoff returns, but the versatile Brad Smith will push for kick return reps. Wide receiver Josh Huff may also be a dark horse to be a return specialist since he also has blazing speed and is familiar with Chip Kelly’s coaching.
The Eagles’ special teams needs to improve on last season after some costly miscues against the Saints in the playoffs, but they have plenty of experience in every aspect.